NAME: Ni Kadek Dyah Rahayu Dewi
OCCUPATION: Professional surfer
ORIGIN: Seminyak, Kuta
How do you think people overseas see Indonesia?
As a place of art and culture.
What are the barriers to development in this country?
Corruption and terrorism.
Corruption is constantly in the news. Do you think it’s getting worse?
Yes, I think so. For example, there are a lot of great athletes in Indonesia, and they’re supposed to have a lot of money from the government for their development, but half of it is taken by people who are not supposed to have it.
What real steps can be taken to stamp out graft?
In order to reduce corruption, you have to choose the right leader.
Some say Indonesia should help mediate in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, because of its large Muslim population, and President Yudhoyono has signalled an interest. What’s your view?
Yes, Indonesia should. Helping each other is what we should do.
There’s a view that Bali, in many respects, is unlike anywhere else in Indonesia. Why do you think that is?
Because of its unique culture.
One of Bali’s main problems right now is the deadly outbreak of rabies. Stray dogs continue to roam the streets, posing a serious health risk to people. Do you think not enough is being done to counter this crisis, given that almost 60 people have died?
Not enough is being done. The rabid dogs are stray dogs.
How do you relate to Indonesians from other islands – Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Papua and many more. Is there a common bond between you all?
Yes – it’s the culture, the solidarity of the people.
What’s your view of the legacy of centuries of Dutch rule?
It has made us what we are now.
Indonesia has had six presidents since independence in 1945. Which one stands out the most for you, and why?
Suharto. Even though a lot of people say he was corrupt, I don’t think so. It was the people around him and his children. Terrorists were afraid to come to Indonesia, especially tourist places, when he was the president.